LEPTOSPIROSIS

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Dengue, the disease that usually end up in the Top 10 Health News, was ousted

By another “rainy season disease.” Leptospirosis is acquired not only from absorbing contaminated floodwaters through cuts in the skin but also by swallowing the bacteria directly from water or through food. Although the disease is commonly associated with rat urine, infection can also come from animals like cattle, pigs, horses, dogs, and wild animals. The disease causes a wide range of symptoms that begins with flu-like symptoms (fever, chills,musce pain, intense headache_ and mya end up in meningitis, liver damage (causing jaundice) and renal failure. Death may also occur.

The DOH also saw a niche in the media coverage of disaster management with its efforts to employ and deploy health teams to help address the growing number of leptospirosis cases in typhoon-affected areas. On October 12, a few weeks after Ondoy devastated many [arte of Metro Manila, CALABARZON and Central Luzon, the DOH has already recorded 383 cases of leptospirosis in nine Metro Manila hospitals. This is already half of the year’s annual figures. And as more typhoons came affecting Northern Luzon, more cases were being reported.

The DOH entered into a memorandum of agreement (MOA) the Philhealth accredited private medical facilities where the government can refer leptospirosis patients that state hospitals can no longer accommodate. The DOH subsidized the financial requirements of the indigent patients that it referred to these hospitals. Moreover the DOH invited a team of international experts to help the government respond to a large scale out-break of leptospirosis. The four person tram is made up of specialists from Australia, France, the Netherlands and Singapore.

As of November 13, there were 2,292 confirmed cases with 71 deaths have been recorded in Ilocos, Central Luzon, CALABARZON, and in the Cordillera Administrative Region. The Ilocos Region had lost the most number of cases at 464.

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